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Vol. XIV.                           Le Roy, Wed., June 3, 1840.                          NS Vol. I. - No. 2.


Having assumed the management of the LE ROY GAZETTE, we herewith present to our readers the first number. The imperfections incident to a hurried collection of matter for a first number (it is but two days since we arrived in Le Roy,) will, it is confidently hoped, be treated with allowance, and our humble efforts regarded with favor...

In addition to political information, we shall endeavor to give whatever may occur of interest to the village and county. Foreign news, Constitutional proceedings, articles on Agriculture, Science, and Light Literature will obtain a place according to our limits.     CHARLES B. THOMPSON.

Note: Elder Charles B. Thompson was a leading Mormon in western New York. He was not, however, the same Charles who took control of the Gazette in 1840. The two Charles B. Thompsons, (one living in Le Roy and the other in nearby Batavia) were perhaps cousins, on their respective fathers' sides of the family.


Vol. XV.                           Le Roy, Wed., June 30, 1841.                            NS Vol. II. - No. 6.


JOE SMITH, the Mormon prophet has been arrested on a charge of treason against the State of Michigan [sic]. The next move should be to arrest his followers for excessive greeness. There would be no difficulty in substantiating the charge.

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Vol. XV.                           Le Roy, Wed., Oct. 20, 1841.                           NS Vol. II. - No. 22.

For the LeRoy Gazette.


Mr. Editor -- Sir: -- As there has been several Mormon lectures in different parts of the town, and as the facts relative to the Mormon Bible are not generally known, would not a publication in your paper, as related by the widow of the real author subserve the cause of truth; and perhaps save some from falling into that miserable delusion.       T. P. B.

(view original of 1839 article reprinted in this paper)

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Vol. XV.                           Le Roy, December 28, 1841.                           NS Vol. II. - No. 32.


JOE SMITH'S NEW PEEPING STONE. -- We learn from the most indispensible authority that Joe has found a peeping stone. The circumstances of its discovery are rather curious, and we give them as received. He was walking some evenings ago with a young lady, (or woman, which ever you please,) when suddenly he darted inside and leaped into a cellar, where he presently cried out "how came I here?" and "how shall I get out?" The lady with this seized him and raised him as though he had been a child. Joe then stated the miraculous manner of his being drawn by the power of God into the cellar, and to the very spot where laid the stone, which he says has the remarkable property of enabling him to translate unknown languages, and to discover the place where treasures are hidden.

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Vol. XVI.                           Le Roy, March 21, 1843.                           NS Vol. III. - No. 45.


ORRIN PORTER ROCKWELL, who stands charged with an attempt to assassinate ex-Gov. Boggs, last summer, was yesterday arrested in this city, shortly after the landing of the steamboat Utica He is from the East, where he passed, and up to the time of his arrival here, by the name of French. Yesterday he entered his name at the stage office for Jacksonville as Riley. We learn that a passage has been taken from in the stage for Independence, when the crime was committed, and that he will leave on Wednesday next. Rockwell is one of the Mormons to whom Jo Smith is said to extend his countenance and protection, and by whom he is employed in such acts of crime as the one whereof he stands charged.   St. Louis New Era.

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Vol. XVI.                           Le Roy, April 12, 1843.                           NS Vol. III. - No. 47.


MILLERISM VS. MORMONISM. -- In the Nauvoo "Times and Seasons," of March 1st, Joe Smith the Mormon impostor, addresses a communication to the editor which closes as follows -- "Therefore her this, O, Earth! The Lord will not come to reign over his righteous in this world in 1843, nor until every thing for the bridegroom is ready."

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Vol. XVII.                           Le Roy, October 18, 1843.                            NS Vol. IV. - No. 21.


MORMONS. -- About 150 Mormons arrived at St. Louis on the 26th ult., from Nauvoo, and left the next day for New Orleans -- probably on their return to England, from whence most of them came, having been disgusted by Joe Smith and his wicked delusions. -- Buff. Com.

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Vol. XVII.                           Le Roy, November 22, 1843.                           NS Vol. IV. - No. 26.


JOE SMITH. -- The following odd resolutions among others, were passed at the opening of Joe Smith's tavern at Nauvoo, on the 3d ult.:

Resolved, Gen. Joseph Smith, whether we view him as a prophetr at the head of the church, a General at the head of the Legion, a Mayor at the head of the City Council, or as a Landlord at the head of his table, he has a few equals and no superior.

Resolved, Nauvoo, the great Emporium of the West, the centre of all centres, a city of three years growth, a population of 18,000 souls, (!) congregated from the four quarters of the globe, (!!) embracing all the intelligence (!!!) of the nations, (!!!!) with industry, frugality, economy, virtue, and brotherly love, ensurpassed in any age of the world, a suitable home for the saints(!!!!)

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Vol. XVII.                           Le Roy, January 3, 1844.                            NS Vol. IV. - No. 32.


HORRIBLE SCENE -- THE LATTER DAY SAINTS. -- On Thursday, the 23d November, a frightful occurrence took place at Crewe, in Cheshire, which has caused the liveliest emotions of pity, anger and surprise throughout the whole of that now populous neighborhood. It is well known that the Frand Junction Railway Company have errected immense works at Crewe and have in their employment between 400 and 500 workmen. Among these are men of all shades of religious opinions, and some of them Mormonites, better known as "Latter Day Saints."

The priest of the order is a blacksmith, of the name of Carteright, and among the devotees is a fanatic named Pugmire, also a smith or engineer. The latter was married to a responsible woman of about 30 years of age, who had borne him three children, and was within three months of her next confinement. She had steadily refused to adopt the fanatical opinions of her husband, and much altercation had ensued in consequences. Worn out, however, with his repeated solicitations, and his continued declarations that unless she submitted to be baptised into the order she would be eternally lost, she declared her intention to one of her neighbors to obey her husband's wishes, being satisfied, as she said, that unless she did so "she should never have any more peace with him."

On Thursday, the 23d ult., at 8 o'clock at night, the poor worn out creature was taken by her husband and the blacksmith priest down to the river below the works, was denuded of all her clothing, except a small flannell singlet, and, notwithstanding her interesting condition, these wretched fanatics, after muttering some incantations, plunged her into the stream! The night was dreadfully cold and dark, and in consequence of the late heavy rains the river was running at a great rate, and was much higher than ordinary.

The priest, having hold of her naked arm, unfortunately let go his grasp, and the current running like a mill race, immediately carried her away and it being pitch dark she was instantly overwhelmed by the boiling flood and drowned! The husband walked home with the greatest deliberation and nonchalence, and told his neighbors what had occured, and, after seating himself in a chair, rolled himself in flannell, and declared his conviction "that it was the will of God that she should be drowned," adding that it was the weakness of her faith that caused it, but that he was now satisfied that she was in glory.

Captain Winby, of the Crewe station, and other parties, hearing of the sad occurence, immediately rushed down to the river, and after some time discovered the body of the unfortunate woman in a bend of the river, about 200 yards distant from the spot where she was immersed, but life was quite extinct. She was in a state of perfect nudity, with the exception of the slight singlet, and her clothes were found upon the bank where she had put them off previous to her calamitous immersion.

A coroner's inquest has been held upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict of manslaughter (ought to have been murder!) The husband and blacksmith priest have both been committed to Cheshire Castle to take their trial.

It is somewhat remarkable that a preacher of this sect, while baptizing a disciple, was carried away by the flood and drowned, the other day, in the river at Handsworth, Woodhouse, near Sheffield.

Talk of romance indeed! Why, the every day occurrences of life present appaling realities which set at naught the wildest creations of fictions.

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Vol. XVII.                           Le Roy, April 10, 1844.                           NS Vol. IV. - No. 46.


The Steamer Maid of Iowa passed up the Mississippi a few days since, on her way to Nauvoo, with about 200 passengers on board, all Mormon, emigrants from England. -- There are said to be 1000 more coming. -- Buff. Com.

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Vol. XVII.                           Le Roy, May 29, 1844.                           NS Vol. V. - No. 1.


THEATRES IN NEW JERUSALEM. -- A correspondent from Nauboo, writes as follows: --

"There are about fifty masons and stone cutters engaged about the Temple. It will be the most extraordinary building on the American continent. We have a regular theatre got up by the Mormons themselves. Last night the play of Pizarro went off in good style to a large audience, of which about one hundred were ladies. I was astonished to see such an array of beauty in New Jerusalem.

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Vol. XVII.                           Le Roy, July 10, 1844.                            NS Vol. V. - No. 7.

Joe Smith, Killed!

The Western mail, just in, brings the startling news of the death of Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet. For some days past, the mails have brought rumors of troubles among the Mormons and the citizens of Illinois, with threatenings of an out-break, originating in the destruction, by the Mormons, of a press which they alledge was established among them to their injury. Joe and his brother were in jail awaiting their trial for treason, when rushed upon by the mob and killed. -- Here are the particulars: --

From the Quincy Herald.


                    Friday Morning -- 3 o'clock.
The steamer Boreas just in from Warsaw, brings shocking intelligence from the scene of the Mormon war. The following slip from the Warsaw Signal explains the dreadful tragedy:

"Joe and Hiram Smith are dead -- shot this afternoon. An attack from the Mormons is expected every hour. Will not the surrounding counties rush instantly to our rescue?
                                  Warsaw, June 27."

It seems that the circumstances attending the killing of the Mormon Prophet and his brother Hiram are as follows: Yesterday, Gov. Ford left Carthage with about 120 soldiers, for the purpose of taking possession of the "Nauvoo Legion" and their arms. They arrived at Nauvoo about noon, and called for the assembling of the Legion.

About 2000 men with arms immediately responded to its call. These troops were put under the command of Col. Singleton, of Brown county, who accompanied Gov. Ford to Nauvoo.

The Governor, finding all quiet, left Nauvoo about 5 o'clock, P. M. with a company of 60 men for the purpose of encamping about seven miles from the city.

At about the same time that Governor Ford left Nauvoo, the Prophet and his brother were killed at Carthage, under the following circumstances, as near as we can ascertain them:

Joe and Hiram were both confined in the debtor's room of the Carthage jail, awaiting their trial on a charge of treason. The jail was strongly guarded by soldiers and anti-mormons who had been placed there by the Governor.

A Mormon attempted to rush by the guard for the purpose of forcing his way into jail. He was opposed by the guard, and fired a pistol at one of the guard, giving him a slight wound.

A general confusion ensued in the crowd around the jail. Joe and his Mormon fellow prisoners it seems had provided themselves with pistols, and commenced firing upon the guard within. He then attempted to escape from the window, when a hundred balls entered his body, and he fell a lifeless corpse.

His brother Hiram shared the same fate. Richards, a leading Mormon, was badly wounded. There our intelligence ends -- what took place after this, God only knows. Mormons immediately left for Nauvoo to carry the news of the death of the Prophet. It is feared that the Mormons at Nauvoo will be so exasperated as to exterminate the governor and his small force.

The Boreas brought down most of the women and children from Warsaw. It is feared their town is in the ashes before this.

Our citizens were aroused this morning by the ringing of bells and a call to arms. Our three independent companies are already in marching order. Major Flood has ordered out the militia of the regiment, and the steamer Boreas is waiting to convey them to the scene of action.

There is no knowing where this dreadful affair will end. Many have expressed fears that our city is in danger, because most of the Warsaw families have taken refuge here -- but we believe there is no danger, we are too far from the scene of action.

Messengers have just left for Hannible and the towns below for the purpose of arousing the Missourians. The excitement in our city is intense and the anxiety to hear the fate of Gov. Ford and his men is very great.

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